Goodreads Rating: 4.01
After learning the truth about her bloodlines, Kyra can’t help but feel like a monster.
Though she’s formed a tentative alliance with the Palace, Kyra must keep her identity a secret or risk being hunted like the rest of her Demon Rider kin. Tristam and the imprisoned assassin James are among the few who know about her heritage, but when Tristam reveals a heartbreaking secret of his own, Kyra’s not sure she can trust him. And with James’s fate in the hands of the palace, Kyra fears that he will give her away to save himself.
As tensions rise within Forge's Council, and vicious Demon Rider attacks continue in surrounding villages, Kyra knows she must do something to save her city. But she walks a dangerous line between opposing armies: will she be able to use her link to the Demon Riders for good, or will her Makvani blood prove to be deadly?
In this spellbinding sequel to Midnight Thief, Kyra and Tristam face their biggest battle yet as they grapple with changing allegiances, shocking deceit, and vengeful opponents.
Such a fabulous book! I started this series out not knowing what to think of it, since it reminded me so much of Throne of Glass but now it has developed a special place in my heart <3 (and I continue to imagine what would happen if Kyra and Celaena ever met... I believe pure awesomeness would ensue).
I continue to love the characters and loved that we got to dive deeper into Kyra's background. I grew to really like a lot of the characters (Tristam, Flick, Pashla the most aside from Kyra).
I also really liked the love story. The book focuses more on the plot with some add ins about Kyra's feelings for Tristam (and vise versa). Some people might find this annoying but I think it was perfect. I never really forgot about the love story but I liked focusing more on the actual goings on in the book.
One of the biggest things I liked was the complex relationship between Kyra and James. A true love-hate relationship but she respected him to a point I feel. Especially toward the end, she started to understand why he thought the way he did, even though she was still convinced his actions were wrong. James was the villain in the first book, but I still feel like he doesn't have the typical "villain"-ness like other story-book bad guys. It's because you can understand why he does the things he does, and the fact that he is doing it for the well fair of the city. A real interesting thing to think about and I really liked their interactions.
Last but not least, the ending was fabulous :') I even added in the implied "and they lived happily ever after" as I closed the book. It was a bit predictable but if it had happened any other way, I would have probably hated it.
I've said it many times already, but I will say it again... an amazing book <3 The world is wonderfully created, the characters masterfully crafted, and the plot... well, I laughed, I legit cried (which I don't do often when reading books). I could barely stand to put the book down for very long.
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